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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

EXCITING BUTTERFLY BOLERO


EXCITING BUTTERFLY  VEST

A lovely set of photos (by designer) describe the ‘how-to’ for this vest.. which looks like a little butterfly (well in my mind).. so here goes my write-up of this one for you.. as I make it. As before, this pattern has not been tested after I’ve written it down, and these are just my notes as I go along.. so if you find any typos.. do holler out to me J

Now after completion of front, I found my yarn choice has made it larger than I’d needed .. started off for a 34", but think this one is in the range of 36" or a bit more.. but then there is no gauge given on the original pattern (or if given, I could not figure that out).. so here’s my gauge and thoughts on how to figure this out.
So I’d suggest you do a quick swatch with the yarn you think you want.. and see what you get for the back and reduce/increase ply/hook size to match your requirement. If you’ve got any other ideas on how to figure out a sizing for this particular garment, then I’d love to add that in here too.  J

I would add that I think our Indian Laura knitting cotton, which is about a 4-ply thickness will give you a larger end product,and if you're looking to make this for a slender person, I'd suggest our Indian Anchor knitting cotton. 

I also thought I'd do another different thing here .. and so in the photo above you'll see I've only made one sleeve - as this pattern could work without a sleeve - a cap-like finish is cute too... just in case you're wondering why that sleeve on the left side looks odd.. now you know. J 

Materials Used : 4-ply Baby from Stylecraft ; ~  110 gms ; with a 4 mm (US 6, G) crochet hook

Stitches used :
Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

dc-2 tog : Double crochet 2-together : This is used as a decrease stitch.
[yo, insert hook into stitch or ch-sp and pull up a loop ; yarn over and draw through 2 loops] 2 times (3 loops on hook) ; yarn over, draw through all loops on hook.   One dc 2-tog made

dc-3 tog : Double crochet 3-together : This is used as a decrease stitch.
[yo, insert hook into stitch or ch-sp and pull up a loop ; yarn over and draw through 2 loops] 3 times (4 loops on hook) ; yarn over, draw through all loops on hook.   One dc 3-tog made

Fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view the superb video by Tamara Kelly at this link below http://www/mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Abbreviations used :
dc : Double crochet                                                                  ch : Chain
rep : Repeat                                                                                 sp : Space
dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-together                            fsc : Foundation Single Crochet         
dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-together


Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

I’m not sure how the designer started this pattern..  you could use a small plastic ring in that first round, and sc all around that ring.. but what I’ve done is wrap the yarn a few times around two of my fingers a few times, and then did a round of sc around this.. and we will then use a few of these sc for the first bit of the pattern.  So do that bit and we’ll meet back here again shortly J

Right, so this is what we're going to make.. two for the front.. and then one back.  Now you can see why I called this winged creation a butterfly ...!!


Row 1 :  dc in the 1st sc and next 7 sc.  Turn.  (8 dc)

Row 2 :  dc in 1st dc ; ch 1, dc in next dc ; *ch 1, 2 dc in next dc* ; 
rep from *to* 4 times ;  
ch 1, dc in last dc. Turn. (13 dc)

Row 3 :  dc in 1st dc ; ch 1, dc in next 2 dc ; 
*ch 1, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc* ; 
rep from *to* 3 times ; 
ch 1, 2 dc in next dc ; ch 1, dc in last dc. Turn.  (18 dc)

Row 4 :  dc in 1st dc ; ch 1, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc  ;
*ch 1, dc in next dc ;  ch 1, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc  ; 
*rep from *to* 4 times ;
 ch 1, dc in last dc. Turn.  (24 dc)

Row 5 :  dc in 1st dc ; ch 1, 2 dc in next dc , dc in the next dc ; ch 1 dc in the next dc ; 
*ch 1, dc in next 3 dc ; ch 1, dc in next dc* ; 
rep from *to* 4 times till end. Turn. (25 dc)

Row 6 :  dc in 1st dc ; *ch 1, dc in next 3 dc ; ch 1, dc in next dc* ; 
rep from *to* 4 times till end. Turn. (25 dc)

Row 7 :  dc in 1st dc ; 
*ch 1, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc , dc in next dc ; ch 1, dc in next dc* ; 
rep from *to* 5 times till end. Turn. (31 dc)


Row 8 :  dc in 1st dc ; 
*ch 1, dc in next 4 dc ; ch 1, 2 dc in next dc* ; 
rep from *to* 4 times ;
ch 1, dc in next 4 dc ; ch 1, dc in last dc. Turn. (36 dc)



Row 9 :  dc in 1st dc ;
*ch 1, dc in next 4 dc ; ch 1, dc in next dc ; ch 1, dc in next dc* ; 
rep from *to* 4 times ; 
ch 1, dc in next 4 dc ; ch 1, dc in last dc. Turn. (36 dc)



Row 10 :  dc in 1st dc ; 
*ch 1, dc in next 4 dc ; ch 1, dc in next dc ; ch 2, dc in next dc* ; 
rep from *to* 4 times ; 
ch 1, dc in next 4 dc ; ch 1, dc in last dc. Turn. (36 dc)



Row 11 :  dc in 1st dc ; 
*ch 1, [dc in next 2 dc , 2 dc in next dc , dc in next dc]  ; 
ch 1, dc in next dc ; ch 1, dc in next ch-2 sp ; ch 1, dc in next dc* ; 
rep from *to* 4 times ; 
ch 1, rep from [to] once ; ch 1, dc in last dc. Turn. (47 dc)



Row 12 :  dc in 1st dc ; 
*ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; (ch 1, dc in next dc) ; rep from (to) 2 times* ; 
rep from *to* 4 times ; 
ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; ch 1, dc in last dc. Turn. (47 dc)



Row 13 :  Rep Row 12



Row 14 :  dc in 1st dc ; 
*ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; (ch 1, dc in next dc) ; ch 1, 2 dc in next dc ;  
rep from (to) once* ; 
rep from *to* 4 times ; 
ch 1, dc in next 4 dc ; ch 1, 2 dc in last dc. Turn. (53 dc)


Row 15 :  dc in 1st dc , (ch 1, dc in next dc) ; 
*ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; rep from (to) once ;
ch 1, dc in next 2 dc ; rep from (to) once * ; 
rep from *to* 4 times ; 
ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; ch 1, dc in last dc. Turn. (53 dc)


Row 16 :  dc in 1st dc ; 
*ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; (ch 1, dc in next dc) ; ch 1, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc ; 
rep from (to) once* ; 
rep from *to* 4 times ; 
ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; rep from (to) 2 times till end. Turn. (58 dc)



Row 17 :  2 dc in 1st dc , (ch 1, dc in next dc); 
*ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; rep from (to) once ; ch 1, dc in next 3 dc ; rep from (to) once* ; 
rep from *to* 4 times ; 
ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; ch 1, dc in last dc. Turn. (59 dc)



Row 18 :  dc in 1st dc ; 
*ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; (ch 1, dc in next dc) ; ch 1,  dc in next 3 dc ;
rep from (to) once* ; 
rep from *to* 4 times ; 
ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; rep from (to) twice ; dc in last dc. Turn. (59 dc)




Row 19 :  dc in 1st dc , 2 dc in next dc  ; (ch 1, dc in next dc) ;
*ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; rep from (to) twice ; 2 dc in next dc ; 
dc in next dc ; rep from (to) once* ; 
rep from *to* 4 times ; 
ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; ch 1, dc in last dc. Turn. (65 dc)



Row 20 :  dc in 1st dc ;
*ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; (ch 1, dc in next dc)  ; ch 1, dc in next 4 dc ;
rep from (to) once* ; 
rep from *to* 4 times ; 
ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; rep from (to) once ; ch 1, dc in last 3 dc. Turn. (65 dc)



Row 21 :  dc in 1st 3 dc ; (ch 1, dc in next dc) ;
*ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; rep from (to) twice ; 
dc in next 4 dc ; rep from (to) once* ; rep from *to* 4 times ; 
ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; ch 1, dc in last dc. Turn. (65 dc)



Row 22 :  dc in 1st dc ; 
*ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; ch 1, 2 dc in next dc ; ch 1, dc in next 4 dc ; 
ch 1, 2 dc in next dc* ; 
rep from *to* 4 times ; ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; 
ch 1, 2 dc in next dc ; ch 1, dc in 1st dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in last dc. Turn. (77 dc)



Row 23:  dc in 1st 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc ; (ch 1, dc in next 2 dc) ;
*ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; rep from (to) once ; dc in next 4 dc ; rep from (to) once* ; 
rep from *to* 4 times ; 
ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; ch 1, dc in last dc. Turn. (78 dc)



Row 24 :  dc in 1st dc ; 
*ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; (ch 1, dc in next dc) ; 
rep from (to) once ; ch 1, dc in next 4 dc ; rep from (to) 2 times* ; 
rep from *to* 4 times ; 
ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; rep from (to) 2 times ; 
ch 1, dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in last 2 dc. Turn. (79 dc)


Row 25 :  dc in 1st dc ; ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; 
(ch 1, dc in next dc ; ch 2, dc in next dc) ;
*ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; rep from (to) once ; 
[ch 1, dc in next 2 dc , 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc] ; rep from (to) once* ;
 rep from *to* 4 times ; 
ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; ch 1, dc in last dc. Turn. (84dc)


Row 26 :  dc in 1st dc ; 
*ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; (ch 1, dc in next dc ; ch 1, dc in ch-2 sp ; ch 1, dc in next dc) ; 
ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; rep from (to) once* ; 
rep from *to* 4 times ; 
ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; rep from (to) once ; ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; ch 1, dc in last dc. Turn. (95 dc)



Row 27 :  dc in 1st dc ; 
*ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; (ch 1, dc in next dc) ; rep from (to) 3 times ;
dc in next 4 dc ; rep from (to) 3 times* ; 
rep from *to* 4 times ; 
ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ;
ch 1, dc in last dc. Turn. (95 dc)



Row 28 :  dc in 1st dc ; 
*ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; (ch 1, dc in next dc) ; rep from (to) 2 times* ;
rep from *to* 3 times ; 
sk next ch-sp , dc in next dc. Turn. (34 dc)



Row 29 :  dc 2-tog in 1st 2 dc , [sk ch sp, dc in next dc] ; rep from [to] once ;
*ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; (ch 1, dc in next dc) ; rep from (to) 2 times* ;
rep from *to* 2 times ; 
ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; ch 1, dc in last dc. Turn. (33 dc)



Row 30 :  dc in 1st dc ; *ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; (ch 1, dc in next dc) ; rep from (to) 2 times* ;
rep from *to* 2 times ; 
ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; ch 1, (sk all ch-sps) dc 3-tog in the last 3 dc. 
Turn. (30 dc)



Row 31 :  Here again, like last line, you need to sk over the ch-sp for dc 2-tog :
dc 2-tog in 1st 2 dc ;  dc in next 4 dc ; 
*(ch 1, dc in next dc) ; rep from (to) 2 times ; ch 1, dc in next 5 dc* ; 
rep from *to* once ; 
(ch 1, dc in next dc) ; rep from (to) 2 times ; 
ch 1, dc in next 3 dc ; dc 3-tog in last 3 dc. Turn. (26 dc)


Row 32 : dc 3-tog in 1st 3 dc ; dc in next dc ; 
*(ch 1, dc in next dc) ; rep from (to) 2 times ; ch 1, dc in next 5 dc* ; 
rep from *to* once ; 
rep from (to) 3 times ; ch 1, dc 3-tog in the last 3 dc.  Turn. (23 dc)


Row 33 :  dc 2-tog in 1st 2 dc ;  sk ch-sp, dc in next dc ;
(ch 1, dc in next dc) ; rep from (to) once ;
*ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; rep from (to) 3 times* ; 
rep from *to* once ; 
[sk ch-sp] dc 2-tog in last 2 dc. Turn. (21 dc)



Row 34 : sk over the ch-sp for dc 3-tog :
dc 3-tog in 1st 3 dc ; (ch 1, dc in next dc) ; 
ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; rep from (to) 3 times ; 
ch 1, dc in next 5 dc ; ch 1, dc 3-tog in the last 3 dc.  Turn. (16 dc)


Row 35 :  sk over the ch-sp : dc 2-tog in 1st  2 dc ;  dc in next 4 dc ; 
(ch 1, dc in next dc) ; rep from (to) 3 times ; 
dc in next 4 dc ; ch 1 , sk over the ch-sp : dc 2-tog in last  2 dc. Turn. (13 dc)



Row 36 :  dc 3-tog in 1st  3 dc ;  dc in next 3 dc ; 
(ch 1, dc in next dc) ; rep from (to) 3 times ; 
dc in next dc ; dc 3-tog in last  3 dc. Turn. (9 dc)



Row 37 :  dc 2-tog in 1st  2 dc ; 
 (ch 1, dc in next dc) ; rep from (to) once ; 
sk ch-sp, dc in next dc ; ch 1, dc in next dc ; dc 3-tog in last  3 dc. Turn. (6 dc)

Row 38 :  dc 2-tog in 1st  2 dc ;  sk ch sp, dc in next 3 dc ; 
ch 1, dc in last dc. Turn. (5 dc)

Row 39 :  dc 2-tog in 1st  2 dc ; dc 2-tog in next 2 dc ; 
ch 1, dc in last dc. Turn.

Row 40 :  dc in 1st dc ; ch 1, dc 2-tog in last 2 dc.

Congratulations ! We’ve completed one half of the front of your cute butterfly vest.  Now you’ve got to make the mirror image on the other side of the ring.. and to give you a bird’s eye view of what we’re trying to get done..  ta da  J



Right so as you can see, you’ve got to get to the other side of the ring you’ve made and mirror Rows 1 – 40.  

Pay attention though that this is a mirror image so alter accordingly.

I have another bright idea as well.. so you can just repeat the Rows 1-40 as is 
(i.e not bothering with mirror image) and instead of starting with the big circle, make a smaller one… and on completion, attach a button or make flower motif on this end, which you will ‘thread through’ the ring on the 1st side.  
Just throwin ideas around… do tell me what you’ve done J

We’ll meet back here after you’ve done the other front half



BACK 




The pattern of the front is duplicated around the back.. so our repeat here is the 5 dc and then (ch 1, dc in next dc) ; rep from (to) 2 times.  

So our total repeat count = 11. Looking at the designer’s finished piece, I see she’s kept a dc each end and started with the ch-1 sps pattern, and ended similarly – so I’d suggest a calculation in multiples of 11 + 2 (for the border joining)

Start with multiples of 11 + 2 (for the border joining)

Row 1 :  dc in 1st 2 fsc ; 
*(ch 1, sk next fsc, dc in next fsc) ; rep from (to) 3 times ; dc in next 4 fsc* ; 
rep from *to* 9 times ; 
(ch 1, dc in next fsc) ; rep from (to) 2 times ; dc in last fsc.
Turn.

Row 2 :  dc in 1st 2 dc ; 
*(ch 1, dc in next dc) ; rep from (to) 3 times ; dc in next 4 dc* ;
 rep from *to* 9 times ; 
(ch 1, dc in next dc) ; rep from (to) 2 times ; dc in last dc. Turn.

Rep Row 2 till you have a length for back that fits you or the recipient of your creation.

For the last line, do one sc in each dc and ch-sp till end, ensuring you have the same count as the start line.

Border

For the border, I suggest ch 3 from 1st st, 2 dc into the base of the same 1st st ; 
sk next 2 sc, sc in the next sc ; 
*ch 3 in next sc, 2 dc into same st base ; sk next 2 sc, sc in next sc* ; 
rep from *to* till end.


So here’s what I suggest.  
You start at one back shoulder and go around the back, around the front one side, down the back and up the front the other side to join back again at the back shoulder where you started out.. all in one continuous movement.

Replicate the border at the base of the sleeves too for a neat finish.

Sleeve


The sleeve has the same pattern repeat, so 11 + 2 for border (1 dc each end, which helps joining).

Attached below are a set of photos of the sleeve made by designer.



You’ll see from the photos below, that the designer has smartly joined the first round and then worked in circles.. so after you make that first fsc round, suggest you slip that ring shaped sleeve on and see if it fits… (saves you the join up later). J






After completing the sleeves, join the front and back of your bolero, and then attach on the sleeves to achieve a finished product like in the lovely photograph here



Hope you too have had fun making this with me.. I’ve had loads of fun, as usual. 


So till we meet in my next blog .. have a great day J